Some of you that know me have seen some of this writing before. I think it’s so important to continue to talk about this issue of faith. Sometimes we have more faith in other things than faith in God and we don’t even recognize it. I will give you some examples of some simple things we do on a regular.
I was eating lunch one day and as usual God put a thought in my mind. Here was the thought that he put in my mind. I have never seen anyone get on an airplane and as soon as they get on the plane ask the pilot to see his qualifications to fly the plane. I have also never seen anyone go to their favorite restaurant and ask to see the kitchen where they prepare their food or ask the Chef to watch them cook their meal. I have never seen any one go to the grocery store and ask for information on the farmer who produced the produce. I have never seen anyone at an amusement park before getting on a roller coaster ask for the maintenance record or inspect the track before riding on it. I have seen people including myself drop off their vehicle at a repair shop to get it repaired and when they pick it up drive off. In all cases presented we trust the people involved and have faith in them that everything is going to be alright. But sometimes when it comes to trusting and having faith in our heavenly father, we want all the details spelled out without anything missing. Have you ever thought about that? The bible gives us many scriptures on faith and how God feels about it. In the Book of Hebrews chapter 11, there are many stories about faith. Lets take look at some of these verses and see what they mean to us today like they did centuries ago.
Matthew 9:22-22 Jesus turned and saw her. “Take heart, daughter,” he said, “your faith has healed you.”And the woman was healed at that moment. This woman was healed because Jesus knew already in her heart that she believed and it was credited to her that cause her healing. God knows our heart and know when we truly have faith in what ever it is we are going through.
Matthew 13:58- 58 And he did not do many miracles there because of their lack of faith. Because of their lack of faith and Jesus recognizing it there where miracles that were left undone because of their unbelief. The Book of Hebrews in Chapter 11 is one that we all can be encouraged by and I encourage you to read all of it so you can be blessed by it.
Hebrews 11: Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.2 This is what the ancients were commended for. 3 By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible. 4 By faith Abel brought God a better offering than Cain did. By faith he was commended as righteous, when God spoke well of his offerings. And by faith Abel still speaks, even though he is dead.5 By faith Enoch was taken from this life, so that he did not experience death: “He could not be found, because God had taken him away.”[a] For before he was taken, he was commended as one who pleased God. 6 And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. 7 By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family. By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that is in keeping with faith. 8 By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance,obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going. 9 By faith he made his home in the promised land like a stranger in a foreign country; he lived in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise. 10 For he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God. 11 And by faith even Sarah, who was past childbearing age, was enabled to bear children because she[b]considered him faithful who had made the promise. 12 And so from this one man, and he as good as dead, came descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as countless as the sand on the seashore. 13 All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance, admitting that they were foreigners and strangers on earth. 14 People who say such things show that they are looking for a country of their own. 15 If they had been thinking of the country they had left, they would have had opportunity to return. 16 Instead, they were longing for a better country—a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them. 17 By faith Abraham, when God tested him, offered Isaac as a sacrifice. He who had embraced the promises was about to sacrifice his one and only son, 18 even though God had said to him, “It is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned.”[c] 19 Abraham reasoned that God could even raise the dead, and so in a manner of speaking he did receive Isaac back from death. 20 By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau in regard to their future. 21 By faith Jacob, when he was dying, blessed each of Joseph’s sons, and worshiped as he leaned on the top of his staff. 22 By faith Joseph, when his end was near, spoke about the exodus of the Israelites from Egypt and gave instructions concerning the burial of his bones. 23 By faith Moses’ parents hid him for three months after he was born, because they saw he was no ordinary child, and they were not afraid of the king’s edict. 24 By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. 25 He chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. 26 He regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward. 27 By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger; he persevered because he saw him who is invisible. 28 By faith he kept the Passover and the application of blood, so that the destroyer of the firstborn would not touch the firstborn of Israel. 29 By faith the people passed through the Red Sea as on dry land; but when the Egyptians tried to do so, they were drowned. 30 By faith the walls of Jericho fell, after the army had marched around them for seven days. 31 By faith the prostitute Rahab, because she welcomed the spies, was not killed with those who were disobedient.[d] 32 And what more shall I say? I do not have time to tell about Gideon, Barak, Samson and Jephthah, about David and Samuel and the prophets, 33 who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, and gained what was promised; who shut the mouths of lions, 34 quenched the fury of the flames, and escaped the edge of the sword; whose weakness was turned to strength; and who became powerful in battle and routed foreign armies. 35 Women received back their dead, raised to life again. There were others who were tortured, refusing to be released so that they might gain an even better resurrection.36 Some faced jeers and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment. 37 They were put to death by stoning;[e] they were sawed in two; they were killed by the sword. They went about in sheepskins and goatskins, destitute, persecuted and mistreated— 38 the world was not worthy of them. They wandered in deserts and mountains, living in caves and in holes in the ground. 39 These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised, 40 since God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect.
Matthew 17:20-20 He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move.Nothing will be impossible for you. As long as we have a little faith the Lord can move mountains.
2 Corinthians 5:7-7 For we live by faith, not by sight. We live not by what we see but by his word.
So how can we get to the point of having faith that doesn’t waiver or keep us from missing out on miracles that God has for us? Romans 10-17,17 Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ. Just remember that Jesus is the same today as he was then and that he still can perform miracles because his word says it to be true. Hebrews 13:8- Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
Lord I pray for everyone including myself that read this can increase our faith in you and that if we are struggle in this area that you help us to trust you even when it seems impossible and let us put more faith in you than in others and in things in Jesus name AMEN!!!!